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NGV, Melbourne and MFA, Boston

A Taste of Impressionism

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Suitable for

Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8, Year 9

Subject areas

The Arts, Critical & Creative Thinking

Explore the masterworks of the French Impressionists and take your students on a virtual visit to the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

The Melbourne Winter Masterpieces 2021 exhibition at the NGV, French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, features works by Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edgar Degas, Camille Pissarro, Mary Cassatt and many more – including 79 works that have never-been-exhibited in Australia.

 

These important loans from the MFA collection provide a rare opportunity to see a significant grouping of Impressionist masterworks in Australia.

 

 

Part 1 | Watery Surfaces: Work of the Week with the NGV
Whether it was in the form of a river, the ocean or a backyard pond, rippling water was a favoured subject of the Impressionists. Join NGV Educator, Theresa Powles, to explore how Alfred Sisley depicted the ever-changing nature of water in his painting, The Loing at Saint-Mammès, 1882.

 

Part 2 | Connect with the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Join NGV Educator, Theresa Powles, on a virtual visit to Boston and meet MFA Educator, Cassie Bride. Discover where the works in French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston have come from. Look closer at The Loing at Saint-Mammès using ELBOW (E-everyday life, L-light, B-brushstrokes, O-outdoors, W-weather) – a nemonic tool for exploring the works of the Impressionist artists.

 

This is an exciting international learning opportunity for students to connect with two museums in different parts of the world.

 

Learning objectives

  • Identify and describe key themes, concepts, ideas and works of art in the exhibition French Impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Examine the ways in which the French Impressionists expressed their ideas in their work.
  • Discuss how artworks are made and how the choice of materials and techniques can influence the meaning of artworks.
  • Connect with an international museum and compare it with an Australian gallery.
  • Use ELBOW (a nemonic tool) to explore an Impressionist painting.

Image caption

Alfred Sisley
British (active in France) 1839–99
The Loing at Saint-Mammès 1882
oil on canvas
49.8 x 64.9 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Bequest of William A. Coolidge (1993.44)
Photography © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. All Rights Reserved.

 

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

 

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Session Information

On demand recorded content. Duration: 45 minutes.

Cost

Free of charge

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